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Decatur, Bowie, Montague and Nacona (North Central Texas) 12/03/16

Posted on: December 6, 2016

Since my post about Cameron and Rockport, I had a set back with another hospital stay. I’m once again recovered enough to hit the open road and visit some interesting places. On our way to do the walk in Wichita Falls we did some waymarking.

Decatur was our first city to visit.  It was 46 degrees and raining.  So the pictures have dots!

Pink Granite 108-year-old Wise County Courthouse.

Pink Granite 108-year-old Wise County Courthouse.

 

Atop the courthouse tower are four clocks.

Atop the courthouse tower are four clocks.

 

this mural reflects not only Decatur, but also the State of Texas, with a depiction of the Scale of Justice and a sword held by Lady Justice, a scroll over the shadow of the capitol building in Austin, a longhorn cow, a gavel, a bell, a flag of Texas, and a courts building.

This mural reflects not only Decatur, but also the State of Texas, with a depiction of the Scale of Justice and a sword held by Lady Justice, a scroll over the shadow of the capitol building in Austin, a longhorn cow, a gavel, a bell, a flag of Texas, and a courts building.

 

This New Deal post office was constructed in 1937 with Treasury Department funds. It presently houses the Decatur Visitors Center.

This New Deal post office was constructed in 1937 with Treasury Department funds. It presently houses the Decatur Visitors Center.

 

Oak Lawn Cemetery was officially established in 1878 when William T. Perry deeded property to Decatur.

Oak Lawn Cemetery was officially established in 1878 when William T. Perry deeded property to Decatur.

 

Vintage gas station. I thought it would be waymarked, but it isn't.

Vintage gas station. I thought it would be waymarked, but it isn’t.

 

1st United Methodist Church. Constructed under the leadership of the Reverend A. R. Nash, it was dedicated at Easter services in 1914.

1st United Methodist Church. Constructed under the leadership of the Reverend A. R. Nash, it was dedicated at Easter services in 1914.

We continued on to Bowie and it’s still raining.

Unveiled on April 7, 2016, a long-awaited Bowie knife greets travelers along US 81. Pending approval from the Guinness Book of World Records, this will be the largest Bowie knife in the world.

Unveiled on April 7, 2016, a long-awaited Bowie knife greets travelers along US 81. Pending approval from the Guinness Book of World Records, this will be the largest Bowie knife in the world.

Montague was our next stop.

Three story massive red brick Montague County Courthouse with columns built in 1912. It was renovated in 1939 and its dome was removed.

Three story massive red brick Montague County Courthouse with columns built in 1912. It was renovated in 1939 and its dome was removed.

 

On the northeast corner of the courthouse square in Montague stands an old jail building, unused since 1980, yet standing as a symbol of much of Montague County law enforcement history.

On the northeast corner of the courthouse square in Montague stands an old jail building, unused since 1980, yet standing as a symbol of much of Montague County law enforcement history.

 

War Memorial to all wars sits on another corner of the courthouse lawn. It is not yet a waymark.

War Memorial to all wars sits on another corner of the courthouse lawn. It is not yet a waymark.

 

Back side of the war memorial has lovely engraving.

Back side of the war memorial has lovely engraving.

Nacona was our last destination.  I added the Horton Car Museum and a Coca-Cola item to the Waymarking Database.  There are so many Museum pictures that there will be a separate post for it.

The building appears to have been an old dealership.

The building appears to have been an old dealership.

 

Old gas pumps near entrance.

Old gas pumps near entrance.

 

No food is actually served here.

No food is actually served here.

 

Restroom area.

Restroom area.

 

Corvette Station Wagon - Only one made.

1955 Corvette Station Wagon – Only one made.  It was a “Concept Car” at the New York Car Show.  It was the basis for the later Nomad.

 

Packard

1934 Packard Club Sedan

 

Studebaker

1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk

 

Coca-Cola Peddle Car with white walls.

Coca-Cola Peddle Car with white walls.

 

I thought this was an old gas station and I took pictures to waymark it. Turns out it is a new building just decorated to look old.

I thought this was an old gas station and I took pictures to waymark it. Turns out it is a new building just decorated to look old.

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